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Beer mat and pub idea aids spiritual growth

BeerMatFellowship2009: Church members at Oak Grove Chapel in Norwich are being encouraged to lay their cards on the table at the pub or café, using beer mats, to help keep each other in tip-top spiritual shape.
 
And the idea, from church leader Ian Savory, has been so popular during Lent that he is now offering it as an idea for other churches to use.
 
Ian explained: “The six ‘beer mats’ enable small groups of believers to do a spiritual health check on the four basic activities of the Christian life:  Fellowship, Bible, Witness and Prayer. The other two mats focus around the issues going on in our lives and where those issues come from and the challenge of how we respond too.
 
“The cards are easy to use in public spaces such as the pub or a café and can be used one-to-one or in small groups and will work at different levels depending on the depth of fellowship,” he said. “People lay their cards on the table in order of priority.
 
“The whole concept is very flexible and can be used according to Christian maturity, as a spiritual health check or part of a discipleship group
 
BeerMatPrayer“Once a number of people become skilled in using the cards, it can be a great way of discipling a whole church and bring about a network of accountable relationships within a fellowship,” said Ian.
 
“So far, it has been an incredibly successful and people are finding it a useful tool as they rise to the challenge of accountability to each other, within fellowship groups and as they focus on God in everyday living.”
 
Now, Oak Grove are offering to run a training seminar on how to use the cards and have some spare sets left. Free copies are available for a church or group leader and further packs can be bought for £3.50 (plus pp) each. They are available from Oak Grove Chapel, 70 Catton Grove Road, Norwich, NR3 3NT. Tel 01603 403388 or email: office@oakgrovechapel.co.uk

 

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